A 16-year-old boy and and 18-year-old woman were arrested and charged for a variety of drug charges by DeKalb County (AL) deputies Wednesday.

The juvenile is being charged as an adult since the offense is a Class A felony, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden.

Lanson Smith, 16, of Cloudland, GA faces charges of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm without a Permit, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Eighteen-year-old Megan Palmer of Summerville, GA was charged with Attempting to Elude, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Reckless Endangerment.

The two led Mentone police on a chase on Alabama Highway 117, where officers saw the driver commit multiple traffic infractions, according to a post on the DeKalb County Alabama Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Police tried to stop the vehicle which then fled and led them on a five-minute pursuit. A search of the area where the vehicle was stopped yielded a large amount of methamphetamine that was thrown from the vehicle, as well as a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun. A meth pipe was also found on Palmer.

Welden commended his deputies and gave a nod to his colleagues, saying “Our Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit did a great job in apprehending these criminals. Quick thinking on their part and on the part of the Mentone Police Department helped resolve this situation before any innocent people were hurt.”
“It’s unfortunate that young lives have to be wasted due to dangerous drugs, but trafficking in this poison will not be tolerated, no matter what the age of the offender. If you want to commit adult crimes, we will be glad to treat you like an adult,” said the Sheriff.